From the monthly archives:

May 2014

Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions. [click to continue…]

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Major equity indexes rose higher this week thanks to a number of encouraging data releases. With earnings season now behind us, investors cheered on upbeat economic data, including better-than-expected durable goods orders and consumer confidence on Tuesday, improving weekly jobless claims on Thursday, while the worse-than-expected U.S. GDP revision didn’t get much attention.
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The ETF world is entering the summer slowdown, a time when trading volumes recede and ETF launches taper off for a few months. But that did not stop two issuers from collectively debuting five new products this week, as investors now have a handful of new funds to chew on. Direxion launched a leveraged product […]

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What makes a good rule of thumb? It should be memorable, pithy and, above all, useful. It also shouldn’t overreach; it just gives good guidance. “Measure twice, cut once” is a great example. It doesn’t try to explain carpentry. It just reminds us to take our time, be precise and avoid making a mistake that […]

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Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive short selling opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as sell candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in a downtrend based on the fact that it is trading below its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which […]

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The democratization of asset classes has been one of the main driving forces behind the ever-expanding ETF universe. In fact, with the U.S. bull market recently turning five years old there has been a variety of funds crossing major milestones, both in terms of assets under management as well as age [see also How Markets React […]

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High-Yield Prospects: May 25th Edition

by on May 25, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive income opportunities. The high-yield candidates included in this list meet two sets of criteria. First, each of these funds is deemed to be a high yield prospect because it boasts an annual dividend yield upwards of 5%.

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Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions.

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It’s been another up and down week on Wall Street, as investors continue to digest mixed earnings and economic reports. Small cap stocks were hit particularly hard on Tuesday, with the Russell 2000 Index (IWM) falling 1.5% during the session. On the macro front, investors awaited minutes from the Federal Reserve’s April meeting [see Owning […]

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Last year, stocks were up strongly while bonds struggled. However, this year so far, U.S. stocks have struggled to hold onto gains while U.S. bond yields have plunged.

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Emerging markets have become an increasingly popular investing theme over the last few decades as investors seek new outlets for growth in their portfolios. Where many developed economies are trudging along with low GDP growth each year, there are numerous emerging economies that are far outpacing the growth of more mature nations. As such, it […]

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